Production Editor - Penguin Publishing Group

Penguin Random House is seeking an adaptable Production Editor to join the collaborative team in the Penguin Production Editorial Department! The Penguin Production Editorial Department works with a variety of titles from prestigious imprints: Viking, Pamela Dorman Books, Penguin Press, Portfolio, Sentinel, Riverhead, Penguin Books, and Penguin Classics.


The Production Editor will oversee a wide range of complex titles, including nonfiction, fiction, business, personal development, history, political texts, and more. Reporting to the Director of Production Editorial, the Production Editor will manage the production editorial workflow from initial transmittal of manuscripts to the final print releases (hardcover, paperback, and ebook).


Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  1. Prepares and styles initial text transmittals using a custom Penguin Random House Word-based platform
  2. Hires and evaluates the work of freelance copyeditors, proofreaders, cold readers, and indexers
  3. Reviews and collates authors’ and proofreaders’ edits. This work may include additional copyediting, fact-checking, and following up with queries to the editor/author and notes for the designer.
  4. Copyedits, proofreads, and reviews (e.g., slugs) ancillary material, such as front matter, back matter, cover copy, promotional material, etc.
  5. Reviews and approves cover and jacket routings
  6. Performs quality assurance checks on ebooks
  7. Coordinates regularly with editorial, managing editorial, production, and design departments to see titles through to completion
  8. Keeps books on schedule and error free under tight deadlines
  9. Assists team with crashed and/or demanding titles as needed
  10. Performs various administrative duties, including invoices, system updates, and status reports


Essential Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Minimum of three years’ experience in a production editorial environment or equivalent editing and project management experience
  • Superb copyediting and proofreading skills
  • Proven track record of managing large workload effectively and within deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders across all levels of an organization
  • Emphasis on quality of content, attention to detail
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Proficient in Adobe Acrobat, MS Word, and other Office products; must be able to work and review work electronically using the track changes function in MS Word and mark-up tools in Adobe Acrobat
  • Familiarity with The Chicago Manual of Style


Please apply using our online application process, and please include your resume and cover letter with salary requirements. Full-time employees are eligible for our comprehensive benefits program.


Penguin Random House is the leading adult and children’s publishing house in North America, the United Kingdom and many other regions around the world.  In publishing the best books in every genre and subject for all ages, we are committed to quality, excellence in execution, and innovation throughout the entire publishing process: editorial, design, marketing, publicity, sales, production, and distribution.  Our vibrant and diverse international community of nearly 250 publishing brands and imprints include Ballantine Bantam Dell, Berkley, Clarkson Potter, Crown, DK, Doubleday, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Little Golden Books, Knopf, Modern Library, Pantheon, Penguin Books, Penguin Press, Penguin Random House Audio, Penguin Young Readers, Portfolio, Puffin, Putnam, Random House, Random House Children’s Books, Riverhead, Ten Speed Press, Viking, and Vintage, among others.  More information can be found at


Penguin Random House values the array of talents and perspectives that a diverse workforce brings. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, religion, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status.



Company: Penguin Random House LLC 

Country: United States of America 

State/Region: New York 

City: New York 

Postal Code: 10019 

Job ID: 124686

124686Penguin Random House LLC 

Date:  Apr 3, 2021

New York, NY, US, 10019

Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

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